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Saturday
Oct082011

Trust backs Craven Cottage expansion

Fulham Supporters' Trust welcomes today's announcement that Fulham Football Club are looking to stay at Craven Cottage by increasing the ground's capacity to 30,000 seats.

We encourage all Fulham fans to take part in the consultation process, either by attending the consultation days at the Cottage between Wednesday 19 October and Saturday 22 October and/or completing the questionnaire on the club's website.

Fulham Supporters' Trust, who, as Back to the Cottage, led the campaign to return Fulham to their historic home, look forward to supporting the club's plans to secure their long-term at Craven Cottage.

Wednesday
Sep282011

Ghana versus Brazil at Craven Cottage

The Football Supporters' Federation (FSF) is conducting an investigation into events outside Craven Cottage, prior to the international friendly match between Ghana and Brazil on Monday, 5th. September, 2011. Many independent eye-witness account have stated that the means for collection/distribution of pre-paid tickets was highly unsatisfactory, resulting in chaotic, potentially dangerous, scenes on Stevenage Road and adjacent streets. The delay in gaining entry meant that many fans missed a large part of the game or simply abandoned their quest. Dismissive responses from the Club to written complaints appear to have inflamed feelings yet further.

The FSF is compiling witness accounts and will send a report to Fulham FC, the FA, local Safety Advisory Group, Football Licensing Authority, and relevant police officials. Trust members, or fans in general, who attended this match and who wish to comment on their observations are encouraged to contact the FSF's Amanda Jacks at: amanda.jacks@fsf.org.uk

 

For further comment and reaction from those who were there, please see:

http://www.fsf.org.uk/news/Fulham-blame-fans-for-crowd-chaos.php

http://headersandvolleys.co.uk/2011/09/06/chaos-at-the-cottage/

http://www.narrowtheangle.com/2011/09/worrying-crush-at-ghana-v-brazil.html

http://headersandvolleys.co.uk/2011/09/07/chaos-at-the-cottage-a-response-of-sorts/

Friday
Sep022011

The O's: judicial review granted over the award of the Olympic Stadium

On our website and in the June newsletter, the Trust has supported the objections of Leyton Orient FC’s fans to the award of the Olympic Stadium to West Ham United FC. The Leyton Orient Fans’ Trust's stated position has always been that neither Tottenham Hotspur FC nor West Ham should be allowed to move so close to another League club without the possible effect on Leyton Orient being considered, and that the Olympic Stadium should be what it was always intended to be after the Games; an athletics stadium with other sports (non-football) use. That position hasn't changed, and it is one shared by both the O’s Supporters Club and the club itself.

Whilst Spurs’ case is self-serving, linked directly to the pressuring of Haringey council into further concessions for their proposed development in the borough, the 130-year existence of the O’s in their local community is under threat. In granting a judicial review, the judge decided that the legality of the £40 million loan of tax-payers’ money by Newham council to support West Ham’s bid was questionable. Proceedings will begin on October 18th., 2011. Leyton Orient’s statement regarding the judgement can be read on:http://www.leytonorient.com/page/NewsDetail/0,,10439~2430909,00.html

Friday
Sep022011

Non-League Day, 2011

The Trust gives its full support to this event, as we did in 2010. Details may be found on: http://www.nonleagueday.co.uk 

This contains information on all the day’s fixtures as well as maps, a club guide section and articles from football writers.

Non-League Day is a chance to support these teams for one weekend a year, to see what the hard-working people, the majority of whom are volunteers, at the clubs are doing to keep the fabric of English football alive.

Across the country, many smaller teams walk a financial tightrope between surviving and falling into liquidation. Money is always needed, but there's rarely enough to go round. Barely a month seems to go by without a club resigning their status or being wound up, and the latest high profile collapse of Rushden & Diamonds merely heads a list that is growing at an alarming rate.

Formally, Non-League Day is on Saturday, 3rd. September, but please check your local club’s fixtures list since some matches have been switched to Sunday, 4th.? Please support the day and your local non-league team?

Friday
Jul292011

Trust welcomes Select Committee report

The Fulham Supporters' Trust today welcomes the publication of the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee report into Football Governance.

The Trust, along with 35 other supporters' trust, supplied written evidence at the request of the Committee earlier this year. The report recommends introducing a licensing model into English football, applying a stronger and more effective fit and proper persons test with consistency, abolishing the Football Creditors' Rule, amending legislation to assist and empower supporters' trust and calls for urgent reform of the Football Association.

You can read the full report on the Select Committee's website. You can read the Fulham Supporters' Trust submission to the Committee here.